Clinton pulls overnighter to boost N. Ireland peace talks
April 10, 1998
Web posted at: 1:04 p.m. EDT (1704 GMT)
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Clinton worked the phones
overnight, encouraging negotiators to reach a deal in the
Northern Ireland peace talks in Belfast. An agreement was
reached on Friday.
From shortly after midnight until around 5 a.m., the
president was on the phone repeatedly with major players in
the peace process.
Sources say Clinton made clear that U.S. economic aid and
private investment by American firms would increase
significantly if a peace agreement for Northern Ireland was
He talked with British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Irish
Prime Minister Bertie Ahern, Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams,
and John Hume, Northern Ireland's major Catholic leader and
a key architect of the peace process.
The president also spoke with former Sen. George Mitchell,
Clinton's emissary who has overseen the Belfast talks for 22
months. Clinton also was expected to talk with Ulster
Unionist leader David Trimble.
Clinton has made a big effort in the peace process, visiting
both Belfast and Dublin to urge reconciliation. He likely
will return to Ireland in May as part of a trip to Europe
for the annual summit of major industrialized nations.
Correspondent John King contributed to this report.